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You’ll be surprised to learn that some of the most popular cooking advice isn’t accurate
Which myths do you believe?
Salt Makes Water Boil Faster
Adding salt to a pot of water is a great idea if you want to season your food, but not so smart if you want the water to boil quickly — salt actually increases the boiling point of water, which means it will take longer to come to a boil. The change is relatively insignificant, so you won't notice a difference, but technically, this myth is busted!
Some alcohol is eliminated during the cooking process, but, for things that have a short cook time (like a sauce simmered for 10 minutes), much of the alcohol remains.
Searing Meat “Locks In” Juices
We’ve all heard that searing meat at high temperatures creates a barrier that “locks in” the meat’s natural juices. Surprisingly, this isn’t true; the hotter meat gets, the drier it gets, searing included.
Stewed or Braised Meat Stays Moist
Meat stays moist when it’s cooked at low temperatures. If the temperature of your braise or stew climbs too high, the meat will dry out even though it’s submerged in liquid.
You Should Always Fry in Hot Oil
Though this bit of advice is almost true, you don’t always need to fry in hot oil. In fact, French fries that are fried in cold oil (both the raw potatoes and the oil are brought to the correct frying temperature together) absorb less oil than those that are dropped in hot oil (due to the fact that this method requires you to fry the potatoes twice).
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.